“Sometimes, in order to bring a woman closer to the Life/Death/Life nature, I ask her to keep a garden.
Let this be a psychic one or one with mud, dirt, green, and all the things that surround and help and assail.
Let it represent the wild psyche.
The garden is a concrete connection to life and death.
You could even say there is a religion of garden, for it teaches profound psychological and spiritual lessons.
Whatever can happen to a garden can happen to soul and psyche – too much water, too little water, bugs, heat, storm, flood, invasion, miracles, dying back, coming back, boon, healing.
During the life of the garden, women keep a diary, recording the signs of life-giving and life-taking.
Each entry cooks up a psychic soup.
In the garden we practice letting thoughts, ideas, preferences, desires, even loves both live and die.
We plant, we pull, we bury.
We dry seed, sow it, support it.
The garden is a meditation practice, that of saying when it is time for something to die.
In the garden one can see the time coming for both fruition and for dying back.
In the garden one is moving with rather than against the inhalations and the exhalations of greater wild Nature.
Through this meditation, we acknowledge that the Life/Death/Life cycle is a natural one.
Both Wild Woman’s life-giving and death-giving natures are waiting to be befriended, forever loved.
In this process, we become like the cyclical wild.
We have the ability to infuse energy and strengthen life, and to stand out of the way of what dies.”
“Women Who Run With The Wolves.”
-Clarissa Pinkola-Estes, Ph.D.-